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UK government grants £46m for projects to reduce fuel poverty

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 January 2013

UK government has awarded a total of £46m for 132 projects in order to reduce fuel poverty, boost energy efficiency, and encourage collective switching and purchasing across the country.

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) had invited organisations to bid for money under three competitions. DECC received an overwhelming response, with councils requesting funding for individual projects or as part of regional applications.

Of the total funding, £31m will be used for the installation of efficient central heating systems and insulation in the homes of vulnerable local residents struggling with rising energy bills. About 61 projects, involving 169 local authorities across the country, have been awarded.

The remaining £10m will be used for the Green Deal household energy efficiency scheme, while £5m will be given to local authority and third sector organisations to help set up collective purchasing of energy in their local areas, and encourage residents to work together to switch energy supplier and get a better tariff.

DECC Energy secretary Edward Davey said that the £46m will help local councils across England upgrade inefficient heating kit as well as creating demand for and installing insulation under the Green Deal in homes across their local areas.

"Funding will also be used to drive forward collective purchasing and switching initiatives at a local level, helping consumers get a better deal on their energy bills," Davey added.